President Nasheed has, this morning, departed on a visit to the United Kingdom.

Speaking to the media before his departure, the President said that a deeper integration of Maldives in the international arena is now needed.

Speaking in this regard, the President said during his visit to UK, he will participate at the Oxford University’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment as well as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Conference on Climate Change.

During his visit, the President will also seek British investments to various developmental projects.

The President is also scheduled to meet with some senior officials of the British government, parliament and private organisations; including Dr John Hood, Vice Chancellor of University of Oxford; Robin Gwynn, UK Climate Security Envoy for Vulnerable Countries; and, the Duke of York Price Andrew.

The President is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ahmed Shaheed; Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment, Mr Mohamed Aslam; and, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Ahmed Naseem.